Kirkus Reviews states, "Florentin’s passionate novel overflows with tension... A fierce thriller that doesn’t offer many chances to catch a breath."Join us for this suspense/thriller novel touring Jan 12 to 30! If you're interested in this tour, and you haven't received an email offer of review, leave a comment or contact us.Meet the Author:
Book Details: Book Title: The Schwarzschild Radius by Gustavo Florentin Category: Adult fiction, 292 pages Genre: Suspense / thriller Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press Published: September 23, 2014 Available in: Print and e-book (mobi for Kindle) Will send books: USA and Canada Tour dates: Jan 12 to 30, 2015 Content Rating: R (There are no explicit sex scenes and some graphic violence. There is significant violence that is referenced ( as in past police cases) and violence that is related by characters, second-hand. )
About the book:
Rachel, an 18-year-old Columbia University student descends into the netherworld of runaways and predators to find her sister, Olivia, who has suddenly disappeared. After getting a job in a strip joint where Olivia worked, then doing private shows in the homes of rich clients, Rachel discovers that Olivia has been abducted by a killer who auctions the deaths of young girls in an eBay of agony. As she closes in on the killer who has taken Olivia, Rachel becomes his next target.
Gustavo Florentin was born in Queens, New York and received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of New York. He spent a decade in the defense industry working on the F-14 fighter jet and classified electronics projects. After the fall of the Soviet Union, many thought America wouldn't need weapons anymore, so while others waited for the peace dividend, he moved on to the financial sector in New York where he is currently a network engineer. His passions include violin, travel to exotic places and exploring worldwide conspiracies. He lives in New Jersey where he is working on his third novel. His thriller, In the Talons of the Condor, won the following awards:
WUACADEMIA--Prix d'Or Best Novel
The Verb First Chapter Contest--First Prize
Mount Arrowsmith Best Novel 4th place
The Writing Show--Second Prize best first chapter of a novel.
Second Prize--16th Annual International Latino Book Awards
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Getting An Agent
Getting an agent is hard, so how do we do it? Here is how I got mine. I write thrillers and I attend ThillerFest every July in NY, religiously. They have a day called PitchFest where you get to pitch your book to as many as forty or fifty agents who attend. In the three-hour period, you might hit seven agents. That’s not bad. What equipment do you need? A good book, for one thing, then a great pitch. I had both, but I still didn’t get an agent. Then I got an email from one of the captains of ThrillerFest stating that one of the agents who was scheduled to be at PitchFest but couldn’t make it, was inviting those who had signed up for the event to submit their queries. I thought to myself, what are the chances that this will lead to representation? But one rule in life is NEVER ignore an opportunity.
I duly submitted my query and synopsis and promptly received a request for the full MS. I sent that in after some furious edits, then, two weeks later, received another email asking to meet on Skype to discuss my novel. It was to offer me representation and I was thrilled. My agent was starting out, as I was, so it was a match. And that is something to keep in mind when you are researching agents. First, make sure they represent books in your genre. Don’t submit erotica to an agent who specializes in sci-fi. You get the idea. Agents have to start somewhere too and a rookie agent can’t expect to represent James Patterson. So you might want to look for someone who is hungry for good writers. My agent has since started her own agency and has made many sales, including my thriller, The Schwarzschild Radius.
Every genre has its conferences. NoirFest, Convergence, Left Coast Crime, Malice Domestic Convention. There are endless Romance cons. Here you will meet writers, agents, publishers and somewhere in that mix, a comment, a conversation may lead to an agent. You have to put yourself there for the opportunity to come, then, the least probable door may lead you to your agent.
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